Every self-build is a unique experience for the brave people who commission a project. Sites each have their own particular features, quirks and challenges. Budgets differ, planning authorities vary and of course everyone has their own take on what their ‘dream house’ should look and feel like.
Bespoke self-build projects are essentially a journey into the unknown and each house built is a prototype. Whilst this is challenging and exciting for the thrill seekers among us, the journey to moving in can be one fraught with pitfalls, unforeseen bumps in the road and changes in direction (not to mention the very real possibility of unexpected expense), so it is not for the faint of heart!
Custom-build is emerging as a new road. The terms custom-build and self-build have been confused at times but as the market develops the differences are becoming clearer. Self-build points towards that prototype (or one-off house), never to be repeated again (wherever that sits in the myriad different ways a self-build can be delivered). Whereas custom-build refers to a house which is still commissioned by a private client, but where that individual has the option to work with a specialist developer who will deliver the house on a serviced plot.
The custom-build methodology should reduce risk and uncertainty but for many of those who want to build their own home it has frequently felt lacking. Houses on offer have often missed the mark in terms of design and quality and have rarely been anything like best practice. With self-build not for the faint hearted the choice between the two proves a difficult one to make for many who dream of commissioning their own home.
Now there is a less daunting more satisfying option. Another way, whereby the houses on offer are based on a multi-award winning design, have the very best performance / low energy credentials and the sort of attention to detail and quality that all discerning clients require. This happy marriage of certainty with all the kerb appeal a client could desire is found in Kiss house.
Kiss house can be configured to a client’s requirements with external finish, layouts, flooring, kitchen and bathrooms all specified by the client, making every Kiss house as individual as the person specifying it. In addition all Kiss houses are made with a highly desirable cross laminated timber (CLT) structure and are Passivhaus certifiable as standard.
The team who have created Kiss house are experts in their field and comprise the multi-award winning architects Adrian James, the multi-award winning project management / CLT specialist Trunk and the UK’s pre-eminent Passivhaus certifiers WARM.
The Kiss house concept is being hailed as ‘Pick and Mix Passivhaus’ and is generating significant interest at the best practice low energy building end of this exciting industry.
Best wishes from
Carli @ Kiss HQ